October 8-9 Pauper Challenge Recap

Biggest Winner: CawGate Biggest Surprise: Grixis Affinity What I’d Play Next Week: Mardu Synthesizer Wondering where my long-form breakdown went? You can find it here, on my Patreon! Looking to buy any of the decks listed above? Click here for my TCGPlayer affiliate link. Any purchases through the link let the folks there know youContinue reading “October 8-9 Pauper Challenge Recap”

October 1-2 Pauper Weekend Recap

This past weekend, three Magic Online Pauper events took place. There were the normal Saturday and Sunday Challenges, but there was also a Pauper Super Qualifier on Saturday. This is our first real look at the metagame in the wake of the Initiative bans and this weekend was rather instructive in sorting out the wheatContinue reading “October 1-2 Pauper Weekend Recap”

September 24-25 Pauper Weekend Recap

This past weekend was the first set of challenges since the Initiative was taken down a notch. The resulting metagame has some familiar features but is hardly the same old Pauper. As anticipated, Affinity came out in numbers but was it a force to be reckoned with? Affinity was almost certainly the best deck onContinue reading “September 24-25 Pauper Weekend Recap”

The First Two Weeks of Dominaria United

But let’s be real – this is all about the Initiative. Dominaria United and Initiative came to Magic Online at almost the exact same time and since then there have been four Challenges, with the Initiative taking down two of them. Given that these cards are still somewhat scarce on MTGO I do not wantContinue reading “The First Two Weeks of Dominaria United”

August 20-21 Pauper Weekend Recap

Today’s entry is going to lean heavily on this post, so please read that first. After eight weeks of Double Masters 2022 season, I want to take a look at three of the top decks but to do that we need to establish some parameters. First, let’s talk about the fact that I only examineContinue reading “August 20-21 Pauper Weekend Recap”

August 13-14 Pauper Weekend Recap

Dominaria United previews are about to get underway but for now Pauper is still living in the world of Double Masters 2022. The August 13 and August 14 Challenges, as well as the Showcase Qualifier, were dominated by Affinity. For much of the past year this has been a common refrain and critique of Pauper:Continue reading “August 13-14 Pauper Weekend Recap”

July 30-31 Pauper Weekend Recap

Pauper has turned a proverbial page and we are now in the second four week stretch of Double Masters 2022 Season. The first month ended with Faeries, Boros, and Monastery Swiftspear at the top of the metagame with Affinity remaining a major contender. Last weekend saw a Challenge on Saturday and Sunday in addition toContinue reading “July 30-31 Pauper Weekend Recap”

July 23-24 Pauper Weekend Recap

After July 23 and July 24, Pauper has a full month with the Double Masters 2022 downshifts available and several weeks of some Battle for Baldur’s Gate cards distributed on Magic Online. The resulting format is somehow entirely expected and full of surprises. Let’s start by talking about the elephant in the room – MonasteryContinue reading “July 23-24 Pauper Weekend Recap”

July 9-10 Pauper Weekend Recap

A little push goes a long way, so I want to start by thanking Brian Coval and Phil Gallagher for stumping for me over the weekend. When two people you respect a great deal – as Magic players and as people – give you a shout out, it helps to rekindle a fire. For theContinue reading “July 9-10 Pauper Weekend Recap”